Okemo Opens Mountain Coaster

Posted By: The Ski Channel on December 22, 2010 11:52 am

LUDLOW, Vt. – Timber Ripper, Okemo Mountain Resort’s new mountain coaster attraction is scheduled to open Thursday, Dec. 23. An official opening ceremony is planned for 11 a.m.

Timber Ripper is a four-season attraction that offers a scenic and exhilarating ride through the forests and along the contours of the mountain at Okemo’s Jackson Gore. Okemo worked with Alpine Recreation Ventures to install the roller-coaster-like ride manufactured by Wiegand. Firmly connected on maintenance-free stainless steel tubular rails, the Wiegand alpine coaster runs smoothly down the mountain. Sled-like cars are designed to carry two riders in comfort but can be handled easily by one. The drivers, riding in front, are in control of the speed and this gives them a unique hands-on experience, encouraging repeat visits.

Tickets to ride Timber Ripper are priced at $13 a ride for drivers and $9 for passengers. Multi-ride packages will be sold in three-, five-, and 10-ride increments. Group rates will also be available. Drivers must be at least 48″ tall to operate the sled and passengers must be more than 36″ tall to ride Timber Ripper. Hours of Operation will run from 11a.m. to 4 p.m., seven days a week. Tickets may be purchased in the Jackson Gore Resort Services Desk area.

The ride will start and end near the bottom of the Coleman Brook Express lift at Okemo’s Jackson Gore base area. Following a 1600-foot climb lasting about five minutes, riders will descend 375 vertical feet along 3100 feet of track that follows the contours of the mountain with added waves, camel backs and banking loops at a speed of up to 25 mph. Timber Ripper will operate year round in most weather conditions.

More information about Okemo Mountain Resort may be obtained by calling (802) 228-1600 or by visiting www.okemo.com,